An IVP is done in a hospital radiology department or a health care provider’s office by an x-ray technologist.
You will need to empty your bladder immediately before the procedure starts.
The health care provider will inject an iodine-based contrast (dye) into a vein in your arm. A series of x-ray images are taken at different times to see how the kidneys remove the dye and how it collects in your urine.
A compression device (a wide belt containing two balloons that can be inflated) may be used to keep the contrast material in the kidneys.
You will need to remain still during the procedure, which may take up to an hour.
Before the final image is taken, you will be asked to urinate again, to see how well the bladder has emptied.
You can resume your normal diet and medications after the procedure. You should drink plenty of fluids to help remove all the contrast dye from your body.